Newmarket, ON – AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX: BOS) (the “Company” or “AirBoss”) today announced that Lisa Swartzman will assume the role of Vice-Chair of AirBoss and Chris Bitsakakis, the current COO, will assume the role of President and COO. Both changes are effective immediately. Gren Schoch will continue in the roles of Chairman and CEO of AirBoss.
“Over the last five years, Lisa has been an integral part of the growth of our business and a driving force behind many of our key strategic initiatives at AirBoss, including the recently announced agreement to create AirBoss Defense Group, and has helped establish a strong foundation that will support future growth. I look forward to her continued guidance and leadership as our Vice-Chair,” said Gren Schoch, Chairman, and CEO of AirBoss.
“It’s been a privilege to be the President of AirBoss and to have had the opportunity to play a role in the transformational changes we’ve undertaken. I am proud of the team we’ve built, the talent we’ve been able to attract and the progress we’ve made over the past five years towards turning AirBoss into a world-class organization,” said Lisa Swartzman. “I look forward to continuing to support the business and our CEO in my new capacity as AirBoss continues to focus on the achievement of predictable, sustainable, and profitable growth that delivers value to our customers, our people, and our shareholders.”
“Since joining AirBoss 18 months ago, Chris has rapidly implemented enhanced operational discipline, streamlined key areas of the business and attracted experienced management talent to the organization, all aimed at supporting growth and enhancing performance over the mid- to long-term,” said Gren Schoch, Chairman and CEO of AirBoss. “His comprehensive grasp of our operations and both the opportunities and challenges facing the business make him ideally suited to play a leadership role in our next phase of growth and I look forward to working closely with him as he transitions into his new role.
“While our near-term focus remains on managing costs and improving margins, we continue to invest in customer-focused innovation, growing capacity in our existing business lines, and diversifying our product offering,” said Chris Bitsakakis, President and COO of AirBoss. “As a team, we are focused on unlocking the long-term potential for the business and driving sustainable, long-term shareholder value and I look forward to playing a key role in the process”.
AirBoss of America Corp.
AirBoss of America Corp. is a group of complementary businesses using compounding technology and engineering expertise to create value for its customers. With a capacity to process approximately 400 million turn pounds of rubber annually, AirBoss Rubber Solutions is one of North America’s largest custom rubber compounding companies and a leading supplier of essential calendered and extruded products for a broad range of applications. AirBoss Engineered Products is a world leader in the supply of life-saving products for the military and a leading supplier of innovative anti-vibration solutions to the North American automotive market. The Company’s shares trade on the TSX under the symbol BOS. Visit www.airbossofamerica.com.
Contact: Chris Bitsakakis, President or Gren Schoch, Chairman and CEO at 905-751-1188.
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